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In Buckhead, surreal midcentury compound summons $1.3M

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The cure for overly gray Atlanta homes?

A whacky midcentury compound in Buckhead, Atlanta.
The relatively tame exterior.
Dorsey Alston

Ever wonder what would happen if the pages of Atomic Ranch met a Willy Wonka acid trip?

Something like this place would happen. That’s what.

There’s rarely a dull moment at this surreal, multi-building compound from 1963, tucked off the part of Howell Mill Road that winds through residential Buckhead. Despite its bucolic cul-de-sac setting, almost nothing about this five-bedroom property is subdued, from the Smurf-blue garage doors, to the towering living-room windows, and back to the onsite tennis court.

Billed as “fabulous” and “one-of-a-kind,” it listed this week for $1.34 million.

Fans of explosive rainbows of wall paint, big bold skylights, cathedral ceilings, and the most whimsical clawfoot tub in history will be in luck. There’s no shortage of unique places to display art—or light-filled space overall.

The luxe newer kitchen is by SieMatic (with top-flight appliances and two sinks). Other perks include the three-car garage, the full gym, a covered pavilion around back, and a guest apartment above the garage that looks shockingly normal.

It’ll take a special niche buyer to fall for this property, but every single kid in Atlanta would probably be in heaven.